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Urban Living

Priority pick: The Moreland set to make its mark

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Urban Melbourne and Apartment Register present the first public opportunity for buyers to secure a prime apartment within The Moreland, a newly launched project located in the on-trend inner northern suburb of Brunswick West. Designed by local firm Peter Brown Architects, The Moreland will hold 52 dwellings with a variety of one and two bedroom apartment configurations available. Register now With ample sized apartments in mind The Moreland is...

Banco Group announce release of Smith&Co's final apartments

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Following the successful launch of Smith&Co. on Urban Melbourne during mid August, Banco Group are today announcing the final release of their exclusive top floor apartments. In a matter of months Smith&Co.'s apartments have almost sold out with Jake Eisen, Banco Group's lead sales agent for Smith&Co. stating "We are excited to announce the limited release of large 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. This top floor release by Smith &...

Smith&Co. - understanding the past in creating the future

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In designing Smith&Co. the site and Collingwood at large were taken into consideration, in order to accurately deliver a development which seamlessly blends with and complements its surrounds. “Researching and understanding the history of the site laid the foundation for Smith&Co.’s architecture and building fabric,” says Chris Manton of JAM Architects. “The heights, scale and composition along Smith&Co.’s Smith Street facade is...

Cremorne, home to 381 Cremorne Apartments

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Established during the mid 19th century, Cremorne has maintained a varied history with the suburb progressively building an industrial reputation in turn yielding significant Melbourne landmarks such as Dimmeys and Rosella in the process. As Melburnians rediscovered their desire for inner city living during the 1990's, Cremorne was thrust into the spotlight as a highly desirable locale to work and live. 381 Cremorne - an Urban Melbourne Video...

Urban Development & Design

Opportunity arises from a failed Digital Harbour development

The commercial sector's apparent disinterest in the western end of La Trobe Street has given rise to one of Melbourne's premier residential development sites. At the foot of Victoria Harbour, 1000 La Trobe Street has emerged as The Millennium Site, a 6,007sqm land holding with the ability to hold approximately 600 apartments. Land owner Digital Harbour Holdings has chosen to sell the prime site following years of staggered activity within their...

ABS figures an indicator of Victoria's construction strength

Figures have been released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which show that through the March quarter building work has increased markedly in Victoria. Released as part of Urban Taskforce Australia's most recent commentary on the development industry, the statistics underpin the importance that construction and particularly apartment construction has in bolstering the overall Victorian economy which has taken a number of manufacturing-...

Oh what a feeling: 611-681 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

The wraps are off Toyota Australia's ambitious plans to capitalise upon Melbourne's insatiable desire for inner-city apartment and student accommodation. As had been reported earlier during 2015, the car manufacturer has turned its hand to converting a large majority of its Elizabeth Street site into a residential enclave capable of holding in excess of 1000 apartments. Sydney-based property advisory firm LEFTA has been nominated as the...

Besgate Group readies their surge into the Melbourne apartment market

It just wouldn't be Melbourne at the moment without another Asian-backed property developer holding grandiose plans for a clutch of forthcoming inner-city apartment towers. Eagle-eyed Urban Melbourne contributor Nicholas Harrison has spotted the latest in a conga line of new developers seeking their slice of the Melbourne action. Sydney-based Besgate Group is the latest entrant into the market with three sizeable residential towers in the works...

Urban Industry

Sarah Buckeridge on integrated rail investment

With the spectre of South Yarra Station's entrances and street interfaces remaining unchanged a real possibility in the near to medium term and with a booming high-density population centred around South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct, there remains a real likelihood that necessary infrastructure upgrades - such as a norther entry to the station - vital in meeting population increases in the area will not be delivered. While South Yarra remains a...

Better Apartments: Yes, but not at the expense of innovation

The planning industry has been waiting for some time for the release of guidelines on the development of high rise apartments in Victoria. This is largely a result of the uncertainty, at both local government and VCAT, regarding acceptable levels of internal amenity and also the hot issue of ‘equitable development potential’. Some decision makers will not accept south facing apartments but others will, some will accept studio style dwellings for...

"Better Apartments" should be retitled "More Expensive Apartments"

On the surface, the Victorian Government’s “Better Apartments” discussion paper seeks to confirm what every apartment occupier would want to hear: mandating bigger, brighter, cross-ventilated apartments with great outlooks. What it fails to address is that this comes at significant cost. The Government is using this discussion paper as a pre-emptive move to bring Sydney’s SEPP 65 strict planning rules to Melbourne. If this transpires, the...

Top down versus bottom up architecture

For folks who aren’t architects (like me), we don’t give much thought to building design. We blissfully carry out our lives in and around structures. I’ve had the privilege recently to try to understand how a building takes shape during the design process. I’ve discovered that there seem to be 2 methods at either ends the same spectrum. Top-down and bottom-up. Each has an profound affect on not only the designs an architect produces but also how...

Visual Melbourne

Rutledge Lane reaches for the sky

The second installment of the PaintUp! series has recently been completed, gracing Rutledge Lane within Melbourne's CBD. The larger than life mural in an altogether difficult area to spot, is the work of artist DVate and was completed with the help of high access machinery. Best viewed from the adjoining multi-level car park, the work is the result of a City of Melbourne/Hosier Inc initiative which hopes to further activate the Hosier-Rutledge...

White Night 2015

Over the weekend Melbourne’s biggest celebration of art, music and architecture delighted a massive half a million people. White Night Melbourne, a one-night-only sensory spectacular, saw a diverse crowd of people flood into the central business district for the serious business of soaking up all the cultural events on offer. With over 70 events spaced over a large area it was impossible to meaningfully visit every site within the 12 hour...

Hosier Lane in the shadows of 2015

Urban Melbourne has highlighted Hosier Lane more than enough times and fairly so, with the tourist attraction never short on something new to gaze upon. Along with a new retail/cafe space as part of the 167 Flinders Lane redevelopment, new artworks continue to appear in the area. Enjoy the pictures.

Exploring Melbourne's retail and laneway spine

Melbourne's retail core has seen a notable resurgence of late, with the significant redevelopments of Myer, David Jones, The Emporium, The Strand and GPO. The currently under construction St. Collins Lane project will see additional shoppers returning to the CBD area in a big way. While the big brands provide incentive enough for shoppers to swarm the CBD, shoppers and people are also drawn in by the experience gained by visiting Melbourne's...

Urban Affairs

Turning the East West Road Link into a rail link

The words East West Link are now synonymous with the lacklustre freeway project whose first stage was set to connect the Eastern Freeway with the Tullamarine Freeway. It took a state election and new government on Spring Street to expose the project as one propped up by shaky economic benefits. The new State Government has cancelled the contracts for the East West Road Link and conducted a blitzkrieg of announcements relating to public transport...

Spring Street kicks off Dandenong corridor level crossing removal project

The business end of getting the Dandenong corridor grade separation project moving is nigh, with the month of June set to see the Government receive expressions of interest from interested parties to undertake the work. The project will seek to remove the nine level crossings that are currently restricting train frequencies between Caulfield and Dandenong stations on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, the city's busiest. Similarly Spring Street...

New rail technology: Alstom's Axonis light metro

Railways are the freeways of the public transport world. They consume enormous amounts of capital during design and construction phases and require regular maintenance once operational. Comparatively speaking, both railways and freeways allow for the fastest journeys to be made and they also have the highest scope for increasing capacity to transport people around cities in their respective purviews. In isolation both types of transport modes...

Comment: South Yarra platforms for Melbourne Metro Rail ruled out

The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, has announced that South Yarra station will not receive extra underground platforms as part of the Melbourne Metro Rail (MMR) project owing to costs ranging from $700 million up to $970 million under differing scenarios. The media release distributed on Friday morning cites a cost-benefit ratio of between 0.20 and 0.33 and thus deems the overall outcome as being "very poor". A ratio of less than...
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Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 10:00
It's now time to breathe. Has there been a more intense week for land-use policy announcements? We are counting down to the annual state budget in a few weeks so one would naturally expect snippets to filter through in the pre-budget period. But not like this. From Wednesday to Friday,...

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